2007 Barrel Club Blue Heron Meritage
This Meritage is the fourth offering from the Vintner's Reserve Barrel Club. Meritage symbolizes the winemakers art of blending the classic Bordeaux grape varieties grown in America. This blend was panel selected by the members: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Merlot. For added complexity, the barrels were coopered from a combination of forest regions: Nevers, Allier, and Troncais. It starts with a beautiful deep garnet hue and spicy nose followed by a burst of full-bodied black cherry and plum undertones, with a creamy smooth and lingering finish. Extremely well-balanced. This vintage is a limited production.
Residual Sugar: 0.0% Alcohol by Volume: 13.4%
You will love if you drink……Big reds, Bordeaux blends, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
What is a “Meritage”? The Meritage Association was formed in 1988 by a small group of Napa Valley, California vintners increasingly frustrated by U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives regulations stipulating wines contain at least 75% of a specific grape to be labeled as that varietal. As interest grew in creating Bordeaux-style wines, which by their blended nature fail to qualify for varietal status, members sought to create a recognizable name for their high-quality blended wines.
Although many people, including many wine experts, have a tendency to Frenchify the word "Meritage" by pronouncing its last syllable with a "zh" sound, as in "garage," the Meritage Alliance specifically states that the word should be pronounced to rhyme with "heritage." – As taken from Wikipedia
Cheese Pairings: Goat cheese, toasted nuts, Parmesan
Food Pairings: Grilled meats, Pasta with red sauce, chocolate, duck